Roy Thomas Le Blanc was born February 2, 1929 to sharecroppers, Clayton and Elma Le Blanc, in Labadieville, LA.
Roy is survived by his wife, Camille, his five children, Camilla Froiland (Birger, deceased), Teri Meyers (Keith), Elaine Newsome (Jerry), Michele Williams (Tommy), and Roy T. LeBlanc, Jr. (Roberta). Also, surviving is his sister Rita Albright. He was preceded in death by siblings, Bessie Martin, Leslie LeBlanc, Dewey LeBlanc, Wilton LeBlanc, and Loyce Larpenteur.
Roy left elementary school to hustle scrap iron to help get through the “Great Depression”. After his family moved to Westwego, LA, Roy met, fell in love, and married Camille Delatte on June 2, 1951. Together they built their life in Old Jefferson, LA
Although unschooled, Roy was quick to pick up on things, proven by his ability to repair cars, air conditioners, small gas engines, washers and dryers and general construction. Always a hard worker, he was still engaged in his dry-cleaning route up until the last few months of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and especially working in his vegetable garden. More recently he liked spending time on his porch swing watching the birds by day and the lizards at night.
Roy had many stories about swimming across the Mississippi River and sneaking on the ferry to cross the river to play on the east side with his siblings and friends. Once they were caught trying to sneak a “free ride” back to the west bank. The captain made them get off the boat. The boys decided to get driftwood, walk upriver, climb aboard and float across. When the captain saw them in the river, he scooped them out and said if he knew they were going to do something as stupid as that he would not have kicked them off! After a good scolding, the captain told them he would take them back to the west bank but had better never see them again. Roy promised they never would travel across that way again and lived up to that promise.
Although in his last few years his health continued to deteriorate, he never sat still for long. He will be missed.
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